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Overwatch players think Competitive level requirement needs to be raised

Published: 8/Jul/2019 22:50 Updated: 9/Jul/2019 9:48

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch players on Reddit think that the level required to begin Competitive matches should be raised to make it more difficult for “smurf” accounts to get going.

Smurfing is when a (usually) experienced player makes a new account to pose as a newbie and get the experience of climbing up the ranks again, in some cases.

A player named FalloutPipBoy on Reddit suggested raising the level requirement for players to join Competitive matches higher than the 25 it currently is.

Blizzard EntertainmentWidowmaker is a popular pick for some Smurf players.

The solution to smurfs?

FalloutPipBoy suggested raising the Competitive level requirement from 25 to 75, specifically to make it harder for so-called “smurfs” to get going with their new accounts.

Based on the amount of upvotes their idea currently has on Reddit, about 8,000 at the time of writing, it seems quite a few people think the idea would work as well.

Some users suggested only raising the requirement to level 50, to save time for new players who aren’t smurfs and not discourage them from playing Comp.

There were other interesting suggestions, like requiring a cell phone number to be attached to an account in order to play Competitive, but overall it seems like a level requirement raise was favored by most players, on Reddit at least.

ZylbradSome players think the current requirement of level 25 is too low to deter smurfing.

Major changes coming to Overwatch?

Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan did tease “major changes” coming to Overwatch this summer, but whether or not raising the Competitive requirement is one of them remains unknown.

Smurfs have been one of the biggest complaints from Overwatch players on both PC and console for awhile now, but so far Blizzard hasn’t really shown any indication that they’ll do anything about it.

Blizzard EntertainmentSalvation from smurfs might not be coming anytime soon.

With no word of anything being done about smurfs, Overwatch players may just have to deal with it for the foreseeable future.


How to find cute new Overwatch Halloween easter egg at Chateau Guillard

Published: 23/Oct/2020 1:47

by Theo Salaun


During the spookiest time of the year, Overwatch’s fans have discovered a cute, quaint easter egg in the game’s Chateau Guillard map, which has enjoyed a Halloween makeover.

Overwatch’s developers over at Blizzard do not take October’s biggest holiday for granted, as they celebrate the costume and candy festivities each year with reworked maps and new cosmetics.

This year, players have taken to exploring the Halloween version of Chateau Guillard, and are appreciating the various adjustments.

Now set under moonlight, the extensive French chateau most popularly known for deathmatch custom games is also becoming known for spooky Halloween details. Having released in 2018’s event, players are still making discoveries in the version of Chateau Guillard at night.

Normally, people get distracted by the fog and darkness, or maybe the jack-o’-lanterns and subterranean coffin.

But, taking a trip to the red study room, Redditor ‘YHJ_JYG_Kryptlock’ has discovered a neat little Overwatch easter egg involving candle wicks.

red study room chateau guillard overwatch
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The new Halloween easter egg appears in Chateau Guillard’s red study room.

As they demonstrate in the clip below, if you shoot each wick of the candelabra, the candles will briefly light. It’s nothing crazy, but that doesn’t stop it from being a neat addition to an already detailed revamped map.

To find this easter egg, you’ll first need to find the red study room.

If you’re facing inward to the chateau from the outdoor area with a jump pad and statue, this room will be toward the back right as you enter. If you’re on the opposite end, at the balcony’s health pack, this will be to your left as you enter the chateau.

How to find Chateau Guillard’s Halloween easter egg

  1. Head to the red study room
  2. Locate the standing candelabra, in the back right of the room at the corner near the bookshelf
  3. Shoot the candle wicks
  4. Enjoy the lit candles
  5. Make a wish?

If you shoot the candles wicks in Château Guillard (Halloween) you will light them on fire. from Overwatch

Ultimately, it’s a very simple easter egg, but a cute one. In a map covered in so much dreary darkness thanks to Halloween, lighting candles is a nice contrast.

Of course, it also makes for a decent party trick. So if you load into custom games, feel free to impress your friends by showing off your detailed map knowledge.